Best Kept Village - 2015


Haughton - Best Kept Large Village in Stafford Area and Staffordshire for the fifth successive time

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This year our campaign begins with a launch leaflet delivered to every house.  The leaflet contains copies all the information needed to participate in this year’s campaign, including Garden Competition details and Tidy-up dates.   

Launch Leaflet

Why not come along and join in on one (or more) of our popular and friendly Tidy-ups?


The first of the new season will be held on Thursday 2nd April  

Meet at 6.30pm at the Village Hall


Tidy-up Dates and Times

The Best Kept Garden and Hanging Baskets Competition will be held again this year.


Garden Competition Poster


Civic Amenity Van Visits

Dog-fouling Awareness


As always, we are aiming to increase dog-fouling awareness.  We provide dog gloves at four sites around the village.  Look out for posters designed by children for our 2014 Dog-fouling Awareness Poster Competition.  We also have a new design for our poster which displays the penalties for people who do not pick up after their dog.


Dog-fouling Awareness Poster


March Newsletter


The first Tidy-up of the new season was held on Thursday 2nd April.  Volunteers were captured on camera outside the Village Hall before setting off to pick, sweep and clean.

The second Tidy-up was held on Thursday 16th April.  


May Newsletter

To celebrate 60 years of BKV the Community Council of Staffordshire is holding a painting/photography competition which is open to all ages.  For details and entry form


Community Council Competition

Tidy and colourful in April

Bert Moore




This Best Kept home has appeared on the green on Newport Road.

Once again, the children of St Giles School have excelled themselves with their support for BKV.  The fabulous display of a record 165 posters can be seen at the Village Hall.

Pictured here are the prizewinners from each school year group and the overall winners for the 5-7 years and 8-11 years age groups.


Poster Competition Winning Entries

What’s new?  Our updated Village Maps, situated on Newport Road near the phone box, at the Village Hall and by the Greenway at Station Road Car Park.  Also a  display of BKV notices and information on a fence opposite the church on Newport Road.

The Tidy-up of Wednesday 6th May was combined with a Community Clean Up Walk, an initiative from the Health and Well-being team at Stafford Borough Council.  Several teams set off from the Village Hall to look for litter on lanes leading from the village.  Looking after the village centre was important, too and some people stayed within the thirty mph limit to pick and sweep there.  A further Tidy-up was held on Thursday 14th May, after a day of rain.   

The latest newsletter contains details and images of the Community Clean Up event held on Wednesday 6th May.


June Newsletter

New summer planting on a shady June day

Our campaign is in full swing.  Tidy-ups, summer planting and a great community spirit.  For more details, pictures and the latest news as we head from June into July


July Newsletter

The scheduled Tidy-ups have been completed, the judges have visited, inspected and deliberated, and we are awaiting the result of this year’s campaign which will be announced on Monday 3rd August.  In the meantime, feast your eyes on these glorious pots of colour, which can be see on Newport Road.

A special presentation evening will be held on Monday 10th August at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when this year’s BKV campaign will be reviewed and the prizes for the Best Kept Garden Competition will be awarded.  


Awards Evening Poster

The presentation of the Best Kept Village Awards for 2015 took place on Monday 3rd August at Stafford College.  Haughton was again awarded the titles of Best Kept Large Village in Stafford Area and Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire.  These titles have been awarded to the village for five successive years.  BKV leader Peter Lawrence accepted the awards of a certificate, the county shield and an oak tree donated by CPRE on behalf of the village.

Peter Lawrence paid tribute to Bert Moore after accepting the county award

County winners (Large and Small Village) received an oak tree from CPRE

John Perry, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition Working Group joins some of  Haughton’s BKV team

How tall will this tree grow, do you think?

A collection of balloons and awards

Pictured below, at the Village Hall, on the day following the result are some of the many volunteers who took part in this year’s campaign.  Photograph taken by Miriam Lawrence.

Awards Evening


The annual evening of awards was held on Monday 10th August at the Village Hall.  Councillor Mike Allen, Chairman of Haughton Parish Council, opened the proceedings before handing over to BKV Leader Peter Lawrence, who gave an overview of this year’s campaign and thanked everyone who took part for their help in the ‘five in a row’ success.  Mr Roger Barker presented the prizes and certificates to the winners of the Best Kept Garden and Hanging Baskets Competition.  Cllr Allen thanked Mr Lawrence for his leadership in bringing the title of Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire to Haughton for an outstanding fifth successive time.  The evening concluded with refreshments.


Best Kept Garden and Hanging Baskets Competition Results



August Newsletter